MLB’s trading deadline of July 30 is now less than 10 days away, and that means it’s time to let the rumors flow like water. Below you can find today’s most notable reports and trading speculation.
National direction remains uncertain
One of the big stories in this deadline is whether nationals make their ace Max Scherzer available or not. Scherzer, an impending free agent who has earned a trade-free clause by virtue of his 10-5 rights, would immediately become the top starter in the market. Alas, citizens themselves do not seem to know which direction they are taking between now and then.
“We still have some games to play before we make those kinds of decisions, but I think a double path is probably the most advantageous for us right now,” National National manager Mike Rizzo told reporters on Tuesday. according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN.
The Nationals came in on Wednesday with a 45-49 record and put them some five games back in the National League East. Washington will end a series against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday before then beginning a seven-game road trip against the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies.
: I think if we become certain salespeople, everything will be on the table, I would think, “Rizzo added.” … which I do not foresee. “
Provided citizens do not crater, there is reason to stick to Scherzer. Even if they fall off, it is possible that the ownership will veto a Scherzer deal, just as they did with Bryce Harper during his tenure. As such, the smart money is on Scherzer to stay in DC for at least the rest of the season.
Rays interested in Cruz
The Rays are among the teams with an interest in the Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Tampa Bay has been linked with Cruz in the past and he would be a sensible addition to a lineup that ranks 13th in FanGrhs’ wRC + action. Cruz, 41, came in on Wednesday, hitting .295 / .373 / .538 (153 OPS +) with 19 home runs in 84 games; he would place first on the beams in OPS + and tied for second place in homers.
If there’s a catch when it comes to the Rays’ interest in Cruz, it would be that they would then have to play Austin Meadows in the field. The rays, through preference or necessity, tend to prioritize defense over offense.